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Where are you from?

 Westport, CT

Which Admissions office programs are you involved in?

 PreVU, CoRPS, and High School Relations

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

 I love the Wyatt lawn on the Peabody campus. The view of the Wyatt building is postcard-worthy--and it actually is on several Vanderbilt postcards!

What hobby do you wish you had more time for?

Writing poetry. I was a creative writing major in college and I always loved writing in my spare time. I miss it!

What did you study in college?

 I studied English (with a concentration in creative writing) and French.

What is the hardest class you have ever taken?

The hardest class I ever took was a nineteenth century French philosophy class, all in French. It was the semester before I went abroad to Paris...I have a feeling the class would have been easier for me if I'd taken it after my semester abroad!

What’s your favorite off-campus hangout?

 I LOVE The Golden Sound in the Gulch -- it's a great coffee shop to get work done in, and the biscuits are AMAZING.

What’s the best concert you’ve seen in Nashville?

I saw Ingrid Michaelson perform at the Ryman Auditorium last spring and it was the best concert I've ever been to in my life, period.

What is the moment you knew you were a Nashvillian?

When I started saying "y'all" without thinking about it.

What talent do you have that would surprise your friends?

Burger Up and Whiskey Kitchen are two of my all-time favorite Nashville restaurants. I'm sort of known for my alphabetized, color-coded spreadsheet of Nashville restaurants...ask me for recommendations!

What talent do you have that would surprise your friends?

It's not really a talent, but I used to be a big journal-writer. Every single day of my life from the first day of high school to the first day of grad school (10 years) is recorded in my journals.

What celebrity would play you in the movie of your life?

Anne Hathaway. I love her!

Do you have pets?

I have actually never owned pets, except for goldfish (does that count?).

If you weren't an admissions counselor, what would you be?

I would love to be a luxury hotel reviewer. Doesn't that sound awesome?

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room. One of the tour guides in our office said this last week to an audience of visiting prospective students and parents and it really stuck with me.

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Sam Joustra

Phone: 615-322-4096

AREAS

  • California (San Diego Area and Southern Orange County)
  • Colorado
  • Mississippi

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